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The Pinstripe Post; Is Girardi The Right Manager To Lead The Yankees?

For months, the New York Yankees have been a mess, for a variety of reasons. Poor pitching performance, weak offense, and a general lack of chemistry. There has also been an issue with the managing of Joe Girardi, who has long been criticized by Yankees fans for his ineffectiveness.Joe-Girardi1

Girardi hasn’t been a very creative leader through the team’s struggles and lacks fire to spark passion in those he already has. It’s been a flat performance.

When a number of hitters were under .200, it still took Mark Teixeira getting injured for Rob Refsnyder to get his chance to show the team what he was capable of. Why did it take so long though? Nothing else was clearly working and the Yankees needed a change.

Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman felt there was no room for Refsnyder on a team full of poorly performing hitters.

As the team continues to compete for last place in the American League East, the Yankees show no will to improve the team or try some creative tweaking. Girardi himself flatly responded to an inquiry about Triple A options, “As of right now, no.”

Nothing, Joe?

Outfield prospect Aaron Judge is currently with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders with twelve home runs. Unless your name is Carlos Beltran, there isn’t a Yankees Major Leaguer with more than ten homers. His .263 batting average is comparable with Yankees starters Brett Gardner, Starlin Castro and Chase Headley.AaronJudge

On top of that, Judge is currently also experiencing a power surge in Triple A. Overall, he has 50 homers and a .277 batting average in 324 minor league baseball games. So far this year, he’s already matched his 2015 home run total and has hit six home runs in his last seven games.

What’s the reaction of Yankees manager Joe Girardi?

It’s been impressive. We’ve been paying attention. I tell you, all our minor league kids, it’s one of my favorite things to do…What Judge has done is impressive, and it’s not just fastballs. It’s been on breaking balls as well.

Which is it, Joe? Is there a lack of options or are there some impressive possibilities?

Furthermore, when can we expect those impressive options, if they do indeed exist, to be tested?

The New York Yankees sit comfortably ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays, who currently occupy the division basement. But they’re also quite a bit behind of the first place Baltimore Orioles. This has been a constant theme for the struggling Yankees this year. More frustrating for Yankees fans this year is the lack of creativity in addressing the issues. It took Teixeira getting hurt for Rob Refsnyder to exhibit his potential, despite an entire lineup full of struggling and under-performing hitters.

Now Aaron Judge is on a hot streak and likely to sit in the Minor Leagues. At this point in the season, why not give him a try?

Joe Girardi may not be a terrible human being, but his management skills are not blending well with the Yankees these days. The team needs a spark, a creative force, and ultimately someone who is willing to take risks. That person isn’t Girardi. If the Yankees won’t explore alternate ways to win, perhaps it’s time for the Yankees to explore finding new leadership who will tweak and try to play with a broken formula.

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